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    Help ID an old Deba knife

    Anyone here read Japanese? A buddy brought in an old knife to work to see if I could sharpen it on my Tormek. Turns out it is a 180mm Deba with Japanese markings on it. His parents got it 40 some years ago and his wife was trying to use it as a chef's knife (and was very frustrated with it, for obvious reasons). Not sure what kind of steel, simple wood handle. Probably not a top of the line, steel looks stamped, not folded or clad. But I'd be interested in what the lettering says.

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    Picture?


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    Quote Originally Posted by StonedEdge View Post
    Picture?
    I don't think I can post one yet. Will post when that feature is available to me.

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    Let me try this one:


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    The first two characters (bottom in your pic) indicate the type of steel. I cannot tell you more.
    BTW the picture should be flipped vertically to read japanese.

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    No mention of the steel. The first set of characters say 'registered' and the second are 'Sho (or Shou) Riki' which may indicate the maker but I can't find anything specific for such a maker.

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    It looked like 鋼 which means hagane (steel), but it is partially worn off. I agree with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodworkcan View Post
    It looked like 鋼 which means hagane (steel), but it is partially worn off. I agree with you.
    Oh... it is soooo easy to get mixed up. I spent enough years living in Japan to attain a certain fluency but I also lost a lot of brain cells getting choked out

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    Thanks all. I rotated the image on Dropbox. I'm uploading one that has the handle but most of those characters are worn through.


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